Published: Thu, December 06, 2018

Luxembourg To Make All Public Transport Free Across The Country

Luxembourg To Make All Public Transport Free Across The Country

Other than their transport promise, Bettel's new coalition government says it is also considering the legalization of cannabis and the introduction of two new public holidays, including "Europe Day" on May 9.

Re-elected Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel will make all public transport in his country free from next Summer.

The foreign policy of the European Union's wealthiest but second smallest state is unlikely to change much, with Jean Asselborn keeping his post as foreign minister while Pierre Gramegna remains finance minister in the new administration. A study published in 2016 found that drivers in Luxembourg City, the Grand Duchy's capital, spent an average of 33 hours stuck in traffic every year.

Most people working in the city commute from the neigbouring countries and are set to benefit from the free public transport system.

Commuters need only pay €2 (US$2.20) for up to two hours of travel, which in a country of just 2,590 square kilometres covers nearly all journeys.

Luxembourg has previously shown it has a forward-looking attitude towards transport - over the summer, the government introduced free transport for young people under the age of 20.

Luxembourg to make public transport free for all

Secondary school students can use free shuttles between their institution and their home.

It's understood abolishing all public transport fares will save the government money on the collection and processing of fares.

The policy is yet to be fully thought through, however.

The finer details of the proposal are still to be determined - including what to do about first and second-class carriages on trains.

Bettel only just scraped back into government in the recent election. The result gave the coalition 31 seats in the 60-seat chamber.

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